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Funeral held for N.Y. boy, 9, credited with saving six PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:09

FAIRPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Scores of firefighters are among the mourners attending the funeral service for a 9-year-old New York boy credited with saving six relatives from a fire at the family's mobile home.

Wednesday morning's service for Tyler Doohan is being held at a church in the village of Fairport, near Rochester.

Tyler, his grandfather and step-great-grandfather died when the trailer caught fire early Jan. 20. Fire officials say Tyler awoke six other relatives and was killed when he tried to help his disabled grandfather.

The funerals of the other two victims, 54-year-old Stephen Smith and 63-year-old Lewis Beach, are being held at the same time as Tyler's.

Local media report that firefighters in dress uniforms lined the way into the service as a tribute to Tyler.


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W.Va. official: People are inhaling formaldehyde PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:08

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A state official said Wednesday that he "can guarantee" some West Virginians are breathing in a carcinogen while showering after the chemical spill that spurred a water-use ban.

The crude MCHM that spilled into the water supply ultimately can break down into formaldehyde, Environmental Quality Board official Scott Simonton told a state legislative panel Wednesday. He added that the breakdown can happen in the shower and that formaldehyde is most toxic when inhaled.

He also called respiratory cancer the biggest risk with breathing in the chemical.

"I can guarantee that citizens in this valley are, at least in some instances, breathing formaldehyde," Simonton said. "They're taking a hot shower. This stuff is breaking down into formaldehyde in the shower or in the water system, and they're inhaling it."

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Monarch butterflies drop, migration may disappear PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:06

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico plunged this year to its lowest level since studies began in 1993, leading experts to announce Wednesday that the insects' annual migration from the United States and Canada is in danger of disappearing.

A report released by the World Wildlife Fund, Mexico's Environment Department and the Natural Protected Areas Commission blames the displacement of the milkweed the species feeds on by genetically modified crops and urban sprawl in the United States, as well as the dramatic reduction of the butterflies' habitat in Mexico due to illegal logging of the trees they depend on for shelter.

After steep and steady declines in the previous three years, the black-and-orange butterflies now cover only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares) in the pine and fir forests west of Mexico City, compared to 2.93 acres (1.19 hectares) last year. They covered more than 44.5 acres (18 hectares) at their recorded peak in 1995.

Because the butterflies clump together by the thousands in trees, they are counted by the area they cover.

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House passes farm bill, crop subsidies preserved PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press   
Wednesday, 29 January 2014 12:09

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation's farmers.

The vote was 251-166. The five-year bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to send it to the president's desk.

The measure had solid backing from the House GOP leadership, even though it makes smaller cuts to food stamps than they would have liked. The bill would cut about $800 million a year from the $80 billion-a-year program, or around 1 percent. The House had sought a 5 percent cut.

The legislation would continue to heavily subsidize major crops while eliminating some subsidies and shifting them toward more politically defensible insurance programs.

 
Cruise ship due in New Jersey port after illness outbreak PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:00

BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) — A cruise ship on which hundreds of passengers and crew members fell ill is due back in the New Jersey port it departed from last week.

Royal Caribbean says the Explorer of the Seas is scheduled to dock at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bayonne.

The ship had to cut short a 10-day cruise after more than 600 passengers and crew members experienced vomiting and diarrhea.

The cruise line says most guests who fell ill are now up and about as the ship heads to port.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention boarded the ship during its U.S. Virgin Islands port call but has not confirmed the cause of the outbreak. The ship's doctors said the symptoms were consistent with norovirus.

The ship left Bayonne on Jan. 21.


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